Don’t base your political choices on advertisements

Here is a little civic lesson to keep in mind as we hurtle toward the mid-term elections in November, and here in Wisconsin, a governor and senate race.

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  • Are crudities slung around all too often?

    September 15th, 2022
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    Remember that old childhood mantra: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"?

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    What will fill the gap when newspapers disappear?

    August 18th, 2022
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    A few weeks ago, my daughter and I were wandering around La Crosse, killing time, waiting for a doctor’s appointment when we cruised through the downtown, pausing briefly to gaze at the now forlorn and vacant La Crosse Tribune building.

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    Attacks on schools are at times irrational

    August 12th, 2022
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    “They are teaching our kids X-rated sex acts!” Oops, that should wake you up. But I will elaborate later. Stay tuned.

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    Wilton’s pool the result of veterans’ efforts

    August 3rd, 2022
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    I don’t know what Raymond Brandau of Wilton experienced on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, catapulting the United States into World War II. It’s possible he did not speak much about it. World War II veterans tended to be a quiet lot. 

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    Abortion issue has shades of gray

    July 27th, 2022
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    Not long ago, a friend I have known for decades revealed to me that as a child she had been sexually assaulted by an immediate family member. At least I think that was the case — I was so shocked I failed to pry, as opposed to my usual nature. Who committed this incest, and what did it entail? I don’t know, but what came next was equally as shocking. Only in her old age did she share this with her sisters, who also had been assaulted. Until that point in time, she had been too humiliated to bring it up.

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  • Hillsdale College continues to organize charter schools

    July 14th, 2022
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    Some 37 years ago, Harold Winchel was president of the Norwalk-Ontario School Board.

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    Consider what happens with the power of the church is mixed with the power of the state

    June 23rd, 2022
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    The recent invitation by the Sparta Citizens for Real Progress to join in an effort to form a “Christ-centered school” is a reminder of how often religion is at the bottom of public controversies. 

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    Gun debate sparks many questions

    June 3rd, 2022
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    I have been thinking about guns a lot lately. When I was growing up in Green County, Wis. (yes, that was around the time of the Civil War), there were few if any deer.

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    Bilbo was an equal-opportunity hater

    May 22nd, 2022
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    Sen. Theodore G. Bilbo, a Democrat from Mississippi, would most likely have given a thumbs up to the 18-year-old who gunned down 10 black shoppers in a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store this past weekend.

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    Money, outside consultants are changing local elections

    May 5th, 2022
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    Remember when local school board elections were quiet events mostly with candidates who occasionally had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the race? Remember when we fought about teacher pay, bus routes and maybe, very occasionally, the books in the library?

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    Remembering Phillip Egan, editor of the Elroy Leader Tribune

    April 21st, 2022
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    In September 1963, I was muddling my way through my junior year in high school while in Elroy, Phillip Egan was cranking out the 24th issue of the Elroy Leader Tribune.

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